Our friends at the oneinthree.com.au website have circulated this email from the University of Central Lancashire. Their researchers are looking for participants from Australia and other parts, who have experienced Coercive Control i.e. abusive behaviour that covers emotional, psychological, physical, financial and sexual abuse by their partner or ex-partner.
Please consider participating in this important study. Women’s groups are pushing hard for coercive control to be included in our DV legislation, perhaps not realising that the category more aptly applies to abusive women, who are skilled in using many different forms of abuse to control or diminish their partner.
The url is listed below.
Coercive Control became law in the UK in 2015 and is being considered by other governments across the world. It is defined as:
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Despite the fact that UK government statistics show that 1 in 3 victims of reported incidents are male & there is a huge body of scientific data showing women perpetrate domestic abuse at similar or higher rates to men, men & boys that are victims are systematically dismissed and ignored.
Coercive control is being framed as a gendered crime. From our previous study we know this is not true but believe there is requirement for a study which is dedicated to understanding the experiences of male victims. To investigate this myself and Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan have developed the Male Victims Coercive Control Survey. This is the first survey ever to address coercive control for men and we hope to make it the largest study of coercive control.
It is available in 16 languages including English, Welsh, Hindi, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Bulgarian, Swedish, Greek, Dutch and Turkish.
Even if you participated in our previous study please consider completing this one, as it focuses on the behaviours associated with coercive control specifically.
You can participate in the study by going to uclan.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6rEoyAUolAUn8SV.
Please circulate this study as widely as possible to ensure high levels of participation.